Limited Edition

Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition features Porsche 911's best traits, past and present

Porsche has created a 992 911 that combines heritage and modern drivability.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Saying the words "911 Targa" is enough to get many hearts pumping. With the recent debut of the Porsche 911 Targa, the company showed off the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, a state-of-the- art 911 with design elements from the 1950s and early 60s and the first of four collector's pieces of the Heritage Design strategy.

And. It's. So. Good.

The model is a limited edition from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Along with the introduction of the special edition it has been announced that select interior elements from the model will be available as part of the Heritage Design package for all current 911 models. Additionally, Porsche Design has created a limited edition chronograph to be built exclusively for purchasers of this new model.

Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition

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"With the Heritage Design models, we are evoking memories of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in customers and fans alike. No brand can translate these elements into the mod- ern day as well as Porsche and, in this way, we are fulfilling the wishes of our custom- ers. We are also establishing a new product line that represents the lifestyle dimension in our product strategy with these exclusive special editions," said Oliver Blume, Chair- man of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

The model features Cherry Metallic paint in photographs but four other exterior colors are available. The paint serves as a background for gold logos and a white livery of historical design. There are spear-shaped graphic motorsports elements on the front wings and a Porsche Heritage badge on the luggage compartment grille, which is reminiscent of the one that was awarded back in the day when a Porsche 356 reached the 100,000-kilometer mileage mark.

On the hood is a1963 Porsche Crest, as well as on the steering wheel, wheel centers, and key. It's embossed on the head restraints and key pouch.

The model rides on standard 20/21-inch Carrera Exclusive Design wheels and classic-look black brake calipers.

The cabin is finished in two-tone leather combining Bordeaux Red leather with OLEA club leather in Atacama Beige or Black leather with OLEA club leather in Atacama Beige. Its seats and door trims wear corduroy, which was used in the Porsche 365. There's a green-illuminated rev counter and stopwatch as well as microfiber roofline and a metal badge on the trim panel that signifies the car's limited edition number.

The model is based on the 992 generation 911 Targa and includes no modifications to the engine, transmission, suspension, or chassis. It is on sale now.

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Electric sports car

Porsche Taycan has outsold the 911 in 2021

The Taycan has outsold a few Porsche models so far this year.

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The Porsche Taycan is an impressive EV with speed and build quality to shame almost anything else on the road. As we learned from Porsche today, those attributes resonated with buyers, as the Taycan outsold the Porsche 911 during the first nine months of 2021.

Porsche Taycan The Taycan's steep starting price doesn't seem like much of a sticking point for buyers.Porsche

Yes, the electric car that starts at almost $83,000 outsold the most iconic sports car of all time. However, Porsche's had a good year, and it's not all thanks to the Taycan. In today's SUV-crazed world, it's not surprising to see that the Cayenne is still Porsche's most popular model. The automaker sold 62,451 of its flagship SUV in the first nine months of the year. The Macan sold a respectable 61,944.

Now, consider that the Taycan – a brand new, expensive, all-electric car – sold almost half as many units as those two iconic SUVs. Further cementing its place in the Porsche lineup, the car outsold the 911 by almost 700 units and decimated sales of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, which combined sold 15,916 units. The Panamera, which offers a similar body style to the Taycan, sold 20,275.

Porsche SUVs The Cayenne and Macan both sold very well.Porsche

Porsche has had a good year in all markets it serves, but the U.S. market showed the strongest sales growth, climbing to 51,615 vehicles sold in the first nine months of the year. That's a 30 percent jump from 2020, and the rest of North America was just as strong with a combined 29 percent increase in growth. China did the most to propel Porsche's sales skyward, with almost 70,000 cars sold there.

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Family driving

Can your family live with a convertible?

Convertibles are fun, but can your family handle the size and driving experience?

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Testing convertibles is always great fun, but they sometimes show up when the weather isn't ideal. Here in Maine, our drop-top driving season is fleeting, which can make for a tricky time driving with the top down. This year, however, a 2021 BMW 430i Convertible showed up in early August and I had an entire week of sun to soak up in the open air. I have two children, however, and own a three-row SUV to haul them, their friends, and all the accompanying gear. Squeezing into a convertible is possible and even fun at times, but it got me thinking: Could a convertible be a car we could live with on a daily basis? The answer for me is no, but there's more to the story, and I'm certainly not ruling out a drop-top purchase for my family at some point in the future.

Of course, none of this came as a surprise to me. Last year, I tested the BMW M850i Convertible, and while it was a blast, there was nothing about it that screamed "family car." This BMW is no different, but my younger daughter's shift to a booster seat from a full-size harness car seat made the back-seat fit for both of my kids much easier. Now, it's a little easier to see how the 430i Convertible could be a perfect weekend or summer car for a family that is already set with roomy daily drivers.

Here's how owning a convertible might play out for your family.


2021 BMW 430i Convertible The BMW 430i Convertible is premium, inside and out.BMW

Open-Top Fun – At a Cost

This BMW's price tag lands in the mid-$50,000 range with a few desirable options, which is about right for a premium brand convertible. There are much cheaper options to be had, however, in the Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro. Both cars come in a convertible format and can be found for around half the price of the BMW. There are performance and luxury penalties when moving to the less expensive options, but for most people the draw of a convertible is the open-top experience itself. You don't absolutely need screaming performance or a top-notch interior to get the full convertible experience.

Good in Small Doses

My kids are over the moon about riding in a convertible for a while, and then spend the rest of the time complaining about noise, bugs, and wind. Rolling the side windows up helps, and models with a retractable rear windscreen are even better, but the reality is that some kids are not the best at dealing with outside-the-norm car experiences. More often than not, we'd end up driving for half an hour or so with the top down, a few more minutes with the windows up, and then the rest of the time with the top closed. That's no fun in a small car that feels even smaller with the top up.


2021 BMW 430i Convertible If your kids are like mine, the open-top experience comes with some tradeoffs.BMW

Weather Woes

I get that most of you don't live in Maine like I do, and that your spring, summer, and fall months extend longer throughout the year. You're able to enjoy the open-top driving experience more often than those of us in New England, but there will still be times that driving a convertible is less than enjoyable. If you live in Florida, for instance, how often are you going to want to drive with the top down when it's 90 degrees with 80 percent humidity under the bright sun? Even with the wind in your hair, that will get old. Keep this in mind if you're shopping for a convertible.

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